(Dan Tri) – A Kremlin spokesman said there may be many candidates participating in next year’s Russian presidential election.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: Tass).

According to Reuters, when asked when Vladimir Putin will officially announce his re-election as president next year, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on October 31: `Currently there is no first candidate. After

`Our Constitution stipulates who can run for the presidency. Many people meet these criteria. No election campaign has been announced yet,` Mr. Peskov added.

A Kremlin spokesman said in October that `President Putin is definitely the number one politician and statesman` in Russia.

`In my personal opinion, Mr. Putin has no opponents at the moment and cannot have any opponents in the Russian Federation,` Mr. Peskov added.

Up to now, Mr. Putin has remained quite tight-lipped about his re-election plans.

`The president (Putin) has not yet announced his candidacy. But assuming the president announces his candidacy, it is clear that in our country, at the present time, no one is really capable of competing.

Mr. Putin, 70 years old, is in his fourth presidential term.

In 2012, Mr. Putin continued to run for president, and was elected for a third term with 63% of the electoral vote.

In 2020, after the referendum, Russia passed constitutional amendments, including the removal of presidential term limits, paving the way for Mr. Putin to stay in power until 2036.

In 2021, President Putin signed a new law that paves the way for him to hold power for two more terms, each term lasting 6 years, if he decides to run again and is elected.

Elections for a new Russian presidential term are expected to take place in March 2024.

If no candidate receives more than half of the votes, the second round will take place on April 7, 2024.

A Kremlin spokesman in March confirmed that the 2024 Russian presidential election would still take place as planned despite the conflict in Ukraine.